To cap up Paris Fashion Week properly, two of the finest luxury names held their shows for the final day. Both Chanel and Louis Vuitton’s upcoming spring/summer 2023 collections were well worth the wait for their loyal fans.
The creative director of Chanel, Virginie Viard, was inspired by the 1960s film L’Année Dernière à Marienbad, which the Chanel fashion house had previously helped restore to its former grandeur.
Being a classic, the film makes up for its lack of dialogue with stunning cinematography and a wardrobe that features numerous pieces designed by Gabrielle Coco Chanel herself.
Viard used this inspiration and crafted a collection that was authentically Chanel in every way: breezy and carefree. Trousers with a pajama-like cut, fluid strapless trapeze dresses, and tank tops paired with floor-length skirts, in a palette of pale pistachio, gold, cream, and black were all featured in the show.
Long, uncomplicated dresses swished by, their simplicity is broken only by a few sparkling accents at the neck. The simplicity of the cut drew attention to the intricate details, such as the tweed and black fabric that sparkled like the night sky.
The occasional handful of necklaces was the extent of the collection’s jewelry, as the collection featured little to no patterning, with the exception of looks dispersed with film stills. The entrance to the show was lined with identical photographs.
It was extraordinary, modest, and unmistakably Chanel. Coco would have been thrilled.
Louis Vuitton hits Louvre Paris
Philippe Parreno designed the stage for the Louis Vuitton fashion show, which took place in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum in Paris. The structure, which was made of giant red sails that spread out from a central point, evoked the feeling of being at an unusual carnival with mirrors that reflected the audience back at them.
Creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere toyed with proportions, sending out ensembles with details that expanded in size. He may have been influenced by the huge scale of Parreno’s abstract flower “petals,” or it may have been the other way around.
In the first look of the show, the models wore padded tubes around their necks and pads around their hips. Then came the short dresses imprinted with oversized belts and buckles, and the gigantic zip pulls, which were the size of fans hung from necks.
Models carried bag purses the size of an art school portfolio with equally enlarged hardware; buttons were the size of coasters, and actual belts sat upon the ribs like obis. It was impressive, rugged, and almost aggressive, with leather, external boxy pockets, and an abundance of gleaming hardware.
There were baby doll tops and leather dresses, the latter with huge ribbons half-threaded through the hem, as dress hems were left half-unzipped and loose throughout.
Makeup artist Pat McGrath and actress Lea Seydoux, a Vuitton ambassador, bearhugged as the show ended, and also the audience began to depart.
Deepika Padukone sat front row at the LV show
Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone was just one of the many A-listers during Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2023 show. At the epicenter of the fashion industry, Paris Fashion Week, the renowned label, Louis Vuitton, presented its newest collection on Tuesday. Deepika, the global brand ambassador for Louis Vuitton, sat in the front row wearing a grey minidress by the same designer.
She was dressed for the show in a beige dress with padded shoulders and a ruffled skirt, knee-high black boots, and her hair was styled in a slick way.
The actress was appointed an ambassador for the fashion house earlier this year, and she wore many of the house’s designs while serving on the jury at the Cannes Film Festival.
As of late, Deepika has also taken on the role of Cartier’s official brand ambassador.